Cats Open Season In Classic
LA Players Receive H-C Honors
Grant Swallows Wins Tech Football Awards
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Cats Open Season
By Ashley Hunter, OCN Staff
Amanda Harris Sports Photography
LA's Dustin Ferrell looks for an open teammate in Friday's game
against Victory Christian.
The Livingston Academy Wildcats opened the 2001-02 basketball season
with a loss in the Pickett County Classic.
They dropped a close one to the Victory Christian Patriots of Gastonia,
NC, last Friday night, Nov. 23.
LA Head Coach Danny McCoin said, "We played well for three
and a half quarters. We played hard, with a lot of intensity, but
we didn't finish.
"We made some crucial boo-boos and didn't put it away."
The game began with Victory Christian starting off on a 13-4 run,
leaving Livingston in the dust for the first five minutes of the
game. Then, the Wildcats came back with some quick buckets, including
a 3-pointer by LA's Jeff Aldridge, to bring the team within 5 at
the end of the first quarter.
Victory Christian bounced right back, though, scoring a quick 3-pointer
in one of the first plays of the second quarter.
The Cats then went on a run and were within 2 points of catching
Victory Christian. VC didn't appreciate that, and shot another quick
3 to push LA back to within 5.
Then, it happened again. LA pulled the game to within 2 points
and VC's David Tucker put up yet another 3-point shot. They kept
right on going from there, and led LA at the half, 28-23.
The second half began with more of the same. Victory Christian
went on a 7-2 run to lead the Wildcats by a score of 35-25, in the
opening minutes of the third quarter.
The Cats weren't ready to just roll over and hand them the game,
though, and went on a 13-2 run, to give them their first lead of
the night, at 38-37. As was the scenario throughout the entire night,
Victory Christian shot another big three, putting the Patriots up
40-38, to end the third quarter.
The fourth quarter started with a small Victory Christian scoring
run, which was silenced by a 3-pointer from LA's Jamie Gurley. It
was taboo for LA to score any 3-pointers, though, and once again
VC went on a run and ran off with the game, winning the contest,
Livingston was led in scoring by Jeff Aldridge, who had 18 points.
Jamie Gurley and Joseph McGill scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Livingston also dropped another game on Saturday afternoon against
Knox-Austin East, 63-58.
After traveling to play the Cookeville High School Cavaliers on
Tuesday night, Nov. 27, Livingston Academy will host perennial foe
York Dragons on Friday, Nov. 30. LA will then host the White County
Warriors on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Coach McCoin said of LA's future ball games, "If we can work
with same effort, and get all of our bugs worked out, we'll win
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LA Players Receive H-C
The Herald-Citizen recently compiled its first-ever All-Upper Cumberland
Football Team and published the results in the Sunday, Nov. 25 edition.
Coaches nominations were used in creating the all-star team.
Livingston Academy had 6 players named in 10 positions.
Ben Gore was named as a first team offensive lineman and was also
named as a second team defensive lineman, on the strength of his
4 quarterback sacks.
James Clouse, who recorded 105 tackles in the 2001 season, was
named first team linebacker and was also named second team runningback,
having accumulated 704 yards rushing.
Jesse Wolfram was named a first team defensive back, having 3
interceptions in 2001, and was named second team wide receiver,
with 374 yards receiving.
Josh Cravins was named second team wide receiver, with 333 yards,
and was also named second team defensive back, having 45 tackles
Whitney Coleman was named second team linebacker, on the strength
of his 100 tackles in 2001.
Joseph McGill was named second team kicker/punter. He accounted
for 25 points in 2001.
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Grant Swallows Wins
Tech Football Awards
Senior quarterback Grant Swallows is the 2001 recipient of the
Robert Hill Johnson Award, the highest honor presented by the Tennessee
Tech football program.
Swallows is also the recipient of both the Sonny Allen Leadership
Award and the Headliner Award.
The awards are chosen by a vote of the players and coaching staff.
The Robert Hill Johnson Award has been presented every year since
it was established in 1951, and goes to the player who makes the
largest contribution to the team during the season.
Head Coach Mike Hennigan said, "Grant made defenses have to
defend so many things. He was surrounded by good people, but he
did an outstanding job of spreading the ball around.
"He spread the wealth and it made us a much better team."
Swallows is just the fourth quarterback to win the award in its
51-year history, and the first since Jim Waddell in 1971. Other
signal-callers to win the honor were Jim Ragland (1963), Richard
Mann (1958) and William Robinson (1956). The Leadership and Headliner
awards were established in 1986.
The Leadership Award is presented to the most inspirational member
of the team, and the Headliner Award goes to the player who is most
exciting for the media to cover and most accessible by the media.
"He was in control of the offense, and he reaped some of the
success,Ó Hennigan said. "He handled the added pressure and
attention well, and he tried to spread the credit around, too. He
dealt with the added attention with humility and class."
Swallows set nearly every school passing and total offense record
in his final season, and was a three-time winner of the OVC Offensive
Player of the Week award. He led a Golden Eagle offense which posted
the second-highest scoring average in school history.
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